Photos of Leningrad and St. Petersburg

Photos of St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Soviet period are revealing the image of the city in memory of generations of the last half of the twentieth century.

Photos of Leningrad and St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of the Soviet Union and Russia, the northern capital, the northern Venice, the cradle of revolution. Leningrad is the city-hero of Great Patriotic War (World War 2). It is a symbol for every Russian, and the vast majority of the inhabitants of the Commonwealth of Independent States. History and photographs of Leningrad in the school textbooks were not smaller than of Moscow and today news of St. Petersburg deservedly say more and more often. Fortunately, unlike in Moscow, St. Petersburg has changed much less, only numbers of people and cars at the streets got larger. St. Petersburg is the handsome face of Russia. But many of us remember St. Petersburg from the recent past with a huge heart, but with long ago renovated walls, broken roads, a few not very sober Finnish tourists and free roads.

Nostalgia for those days has pushed us to the creation of this site. It is based on photographs and postcards of St. Petersburg, which were purchased at kiosks “Soyuzpechat” in the streets during many trips and visits. They are the memory of the printed image of a beloved city as it is known to Leningrad citizens and visitors from all over Russia. Somebody was in the Leningrad military service, somebody came to learn, tourists and business trips, but nobody left the city with disappointment and dislike. This is the old capital of Russia - an advantage over the modern Russian capital.

The photos of St. Petersburg do not claim to full coverage, they only reflect a generation of memories about this beautiful city. The photos and the captions to photos store the Soviet style and historical realities specific to the time when the photographs were made by Soviet and Russian photographers.

Gathered in one place, photos of St. Petersburg Soviet period, which was then still called Leningrad, will be useful not only to those studying the history of the city, but also to people who wish to plunge once again into the memories and the unforgettable atmosphere. The atmosphere, weaving from the luxury Hermitage, cold wind with small rain, Viola cheese in a plastic cup, steaming black smoke tour bus, and most cultural and educated people in the entire Soviet Union.

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